Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

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Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby Canuck » 05 Feb 2016 20:56

Hello, I have a wooden trunk that belonged to E. C. C. Foster, 1ST Battalion, 12TH Regt. I have very little info on him. Info I have so far, subject to correction is - He was an ensign, without purchase, in the 11TH Regt. 1858. I understand he was with the 12TH Regt. in Australia 1860. He was mentioned along with other officer's with him when arriving at Australia, their ranks were given, but just his name, without a rank. May have been involved in the 2nd Maori war. Died 1876. Perhaps your expertise can add or subtract from this. Your help appreciated. Canuck
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Re: Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby crimea1854 » 06 Feb 2016 11:48

Edward Charles Colley Foster served as a Lieut. in the 12th during both the 2nd and 3rd New Zealand Land Wars and is on the regiment's medal roll. He purchased his Lieut. in the 12th on 22 Oct 1861 (London Gazette). The NZ library hold a photograph of a sketch that he did of Te Arel Pah. On 9th October 1867 he was in London because he married Marina Isabella Ardagh at St Martins in the Fields, Westminster.

This might be of interest: http://www.archeion.ca/foster-strathy-family-fonds

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Re: Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby jf42 » 06 Feb 2016 18:39

The silence on his rank when he arrived in Australia may reflect on his being an Ensign at that point, subalterns being addressed as 'Mr.'
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Re: Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby Canuck » 06 Feb 2016 19:46

Hello Martin, I very much appreciate your time and knowledge in giving me this information. I looked at the Ontario records site to see if they would have a picture of him. I can never seem to manoeuvre around genealogy and records sites. Will try again tonight. Again, thanks for your work. Canuck
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Re: Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby Canuck » 06 Feb 2016 19:53

Thank you jf42, one more piece of the jigsaw puzzle. Canuck
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Re: Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby colsjt65 » 07 Feb 2016 03:05

Exciting to see the trunk. Wonder how it ended up in Canada. Where did you get his date of death? I haven't researched where the 1-12th went after New Zealand. I will happily add any of the info from this thread to my database.

I have just googled and found in London Gazette April 2, 1878 - Lieut. Col. Edward Foster 12th Foot, to be promoted Colonel. Dated 1 April 1878.

Here is what I have about him:

Highest rank while serving in New Zealand: Lieutenant
Promotion record - Ensign 11 January 1859, Lieutenant 22 October 1861.

Hart's 1870 - Lieut. Foster served during the New Zealand war of 1860-61, including the operations at the Waitara. Also in the war of 1863-66, latterly as Adjutant of the 12th Regiment (Medal).

In command of firing party at funerals at Auckland of Lieut. Murphy (1-12th Regt.) and Midshipman Watkins (HMS Curaçoa), both killed at Rangiriri. Camped at Tuikaramea 26 January 1864. Arrived Napier from Auckland in HMS Esk 12 December 1865. Took part in the expedition to Waiwhatawhata, west of the Wairoa river, Tauranga, to protect surveyors, early November 1866. Was a member of the detachment acting in support of the colonial force that destroyed three villages in a punitive action west of the Wairoa river, on 23 Jan. 1867. Arrived Auckland from Tauranga in the Lord Ashley 9 April 1867.

Arrived in Australia in the Nugget (Departed Woolwich 7 March 1860, arrived Sydney 2 June). Not in a newspaper shipping list departing Sydney, but an 'Ensign Foster' arrived Nelson from Sydney in the Airedale 24 January 1861. Possibly arrived New Plymouth from Nelson 25 January 1861 in HMCSS Victoria (listed as "Lieut. Forster, 12th Regt."). Departed New Zealand in the England (Departed Auckland 3 May 1867, arrived Portsmouth 14 Aug. 1867.).

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Re: Would You Have Info On E. C. C. Foster 12TH Regt.

Postby Canuck » 07 Feb 2016 04:59

Hello coljt65, pictures are great. His father, Colley Lyons Lucas Foster, was from Ireland, he came to Canada in 1813. He came as aid-de-camp to Lt. General Gordon Drummond. In 1814 he was adjutant General of the Upper Canada militia. He was promoted to Lt. Colonel 1837. He died in Kingston Ontario, 1843. I don't know where his son, Captain Edward Charles Colley (who the thread is about) died. Will keep looking. His name, and when he died was taped to the inside of the trunk. The Archives Of Ontario also have his death, 1876. I never had time to research much when I was working, and as you would know, better than me, it is very time consuming. Perhaps I will get better. Will get information from this thread gathered up and put it in the trunk. Appreciate pictures and your work. Canuck
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